by Sean Jones: Joe Smith Jr. feels ready to take on Artur Petterbiev or Canelo Alvarez in his next fight after stopping challenger Steve Jeffrey by knockout in the ninth round last Saturday night in the much-anticipated first defense of his WBO lightweight heavyweight title he won for a year. before in April.
Canelo has not decided who he will face in his next fight this weekend at Cinco de Mayo on May 7. However, Joe Smith Jr. is one of the options he and his Eagle coach/manager Eddie Renoso will consider when they sit down this week to pick an opponent.
Other names Canelo and Renoso would consider are these fighters:
- Makabu member – WBC cruiserweight
- Artur Petterbiev – IBF / WBC Light Heavyweight Champion
- Dmitri Bevol – WBA Champion 175 lbs
- John Rider
- Daniel Jacobs
- David Benavides
- Gennady Golovkin
Beterbiev, Benavidez and Golovkin would likely have a zero chance of picking Canelo because they are serious fighters, and the Mexican star hasn’t faced a good opponent in four years.
“If Canelo wants to come to 175 and fight me, I’m ready for himSmith Jr. said last Saturday night after his job at Jeffrard was demolished.
“Everyone loves to see that fight,” Smith Jr. said.
“[Artur Beterbiev] is what i wantSmith Jr. said after the fight.
Whether Smith Jr. gets to fight with Petribev or not will be up to their 1st rank promoter Bob Arum.
It is doubtful that Arum pulled the trigger in the battle of Beterbiev vs. Arum will not limit the net he has to attack Canelo by fighting Beterbiev and Smith.
Arum must let Canelo choose between them so that they can bring in big money.
Unfortunately for 32-year-old Smith Jr., he may have smashed all his fight against Canelo by ending his power by knockout in the ninth round from Giffard.
During the first eight rounds, Smith looked humble against his timid and unwilling opponent, Jeffard. However, when he fired him in the ninth round with two bullets, he looked dangerous.
At that point Smith Jr. was fighting similarly to David Benavidez, a fighter Canelo showed no interest in fighting. Canelo can’t handle this kind of attack from Smith, Benavidez, or any fighter due to his anemic work rate, which only got worse as his weight increased from 160 to 168 and 175.
If Smith throws these kinds of constant flashes against Canelo, he’ll likely overwhelm his Mayweather-esque defense or at least make him blush and about to be stopped.
Canelo really can’t match that kind of punching out from Smith or Benavidez because he doesn’t have the heart to throw a lot of punches. All are single things from Canelo followed by breaks to catch his breath.
For Canelo, he will likely take on a soft opponent in his next fight and continue the path he has been on since 2018.
Makabu (28-2, 25 KOs) is believed to be in the driver’s seat to be picked by Canelo on the May 7 date because he It is considered the weakest link Among the champions in the Cruiserweight Championship, the Mexican star is looking to complete his resume by winning his fifth world title.
Fighting in front of his loyal fans at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York, Smith (28-3, 22 KOs) knocked out substitute opponent Geffrard (18-3, 12 KOs) in the ninth round, resulting in referee Mark Nelson stopping the fight.
There would likely be no complaints from boxing fans if referee Nelson halted the competition before Jeffrard dropped to ninth because he was swung by Smith Jr. and fired massive unanswered shots.
Earlier in the fight, Geffrard did an excellent job of partially blocking many of Smith’s harsh punches, but he hit a fifth. In fact, Smith Jr. hit Jeffrard with a strong right in the fifth and a big one in the seventh.
By the eighth round, Smith changed his tactics and began throwing incessant flashes to take advantage of Jeffrard’s coverage and not throw anything.
Had Smith done it earlier in the first three rounds, he probably would have gotten Jeffrard sooner because he was covering up and displaying anything in his defence.
Smith seemed to be concerned about the outgassing, so he chose to pick Giffard slowly rather than emptying it for a quick stop.
For Geffrard, this may be the last time he’s taking a world title, and it’s disappointing that he didn’t try to give it his best for the win.
I’m sure Jeffrard will kick himself and guess his decision to cover up and not throw punches for nine rounds against Smith.